During the holiday rush of trying to find the perfect gift, making sure the kids visit with Santa and just taking time to enjoy the season, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, and Fayette County Travel & Tourism encourage everyone to visit downtown Washington Court House every Thursday in December from 5pm-8pm for the December Mingle & Jingle.
“One of the comments we hear and read regularly is that people would love to visit the stores downtown, but they are often closed by the time people get off work,” said Chamber President Whitney Gentry, “so we are working with the downtown merchants to bring lots of dining, shopping and holiday fun to Washington Court House once a week in the evenings.”
In addition to the stores being open from 5pm-8pm, there is also a weekly craft at Creative Court House, 143 N. Main Street. Guests can drop in any time on a Thursday for a make-and-take craft. The cost is $10 for the supplies, except for the December 22nd craft which is $25.
December 1st – Santa Wine Bottle
December 8th – Ceramic Ornament
December 15th – Sew a stocking
December 22nd – Snowman painting
Santa will also be part of the Thursday Mingle & Jingle nights. Each week, the jolly elf himself will be at a different downtown business. The first week is for four-legged kids, but after that parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their little one and a camera to capture the special moment with Santa.
December 1st – The Good Dog Groomery, 222 E. Court Street
*Pets only please. Donations to the Fayette County Humane Society will be accepted.
December 8th – Two Scoops of Sugar, 249 E. Court Street
December 15th – W&W Dry Cleaning, 131 E. Court Street
December 22nd – Showplace Furniture, 153 W. Court Street
Chamber Ambassadors will be outside the businesses hosting Santa to pass out free hot chocolate, while supplies last, provided by Fayette County Travel & Tourism.
Practical Wellness, LLC, 118 W. Court Street, will be offering a free 20 minutes guided meditation on Inner Peace every Thursday at 6:30pm to help find peace and balance during the busy holiday season.
“If half the U.S. employed population spent $50 each month at a locally owned, independent business, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue,” said Gentry, “We hope Fayette County residents will support our local merchants to do their part and support local business owners, not just downtown but throughout Fayette County.”
The list continues to grow, but participating stores that will be offering the extended hours right now are: Back-en-Thyme Flower & Gift Shop, BB’s Cakes & More, Creative Court House, Creative Designs by Denise, Knorr Family Treasures, North Shore Primitives, Practical Wellness, Reminisce Antiques, Simply Home , Showplace Furniture, Sweetwater Bay Boutique, The Good Dog Groomery, Trends on Court, True Blue Two Scoops of Sugar, and W&W Dry Cleaners. Dining establishments will also be open for dinner out or gift card purchases.